Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that the organization "colluded to deprive [him] of employment rights in retaliation" of his efforts to highlight racial inequality in the United States.
According to ABC News, Kaepernick filed the grievance through his attorney, Mark Geragos, instead of the NFL Players Association. Geragos has also represented other high-profile athletes, such as Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and Chris Brown. He said he filed the statement "only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives."
Geragos specifically cited President Trump and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the document as factual evidence, referring to Trump's description of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem as "sons of bitches," as well as Goodell's reported NFL rule change proposal that would require players to stand during the national anthem.
The NFL Players Association acknowledged that it had previously been in contact with Kaepernick about possible steps moving forward, but only found out about the grievance through media reports.
The former quarterback began to take a knee in 2016 over the treatment of blacks in the U.S. Kaepernick has failed to sign on with another team after playing last season with the 49ers.